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IHG Rewards Club Increases Award Night Costs for 2018

IHG just released the list of hotels that will have their Rewards Nights Points revised. Spoiler alert : devaluations aplenty

Edit (07/01/2018) : New Points redemption prices take effect 16 January 2018. [HT : Loyaltylobby and mommypoints.]

 

IHG Rewards Club, the loyalty program of the IHG Group of hotels which include the Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo and so on, just announced their new Rewards Night pricing revisions for 2018 and boy it does not look good.

Note that as of now (2nd Jan 2018) , the points required for a night in the list of hotels having their points revised have not changed yet. So if you have an upcoming holiday and was thinking of using IHG points to redeem nights, better do it sooner rather than later as there is no exact date specified by IHG as to when the changes will be effected.

Devaluations Spree

I’ve combed through the Points Changes list released by IHG which can be found here, and below are some of the properties in the region and popular holiday destinations which have seen the number of points needed for a Reward Night go up

Hotel City 2017 Point Requirement 2018 Point Requirement Points Change
InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong Hong Kong 50,000 60,000 10,000
InterContinental Hong Kong Hong Kong 60,000 70,000 10,000
Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hong Kong Hong Kong 40,000 45,000 5,000
Holiday Inn Osaka Namba Osaka 30,000 40,000 10,000
Holiday Inn – ANA Sendai Sendai-shi 10,000 15,000 5,000
InterContinental – ANA The Strings Tokyo Tokyo 50,000 55,000 5,000
Crowne Plaza – ANA Hotel Grand Court Nagoya Nagoya-shi 20,000 25,000 5,000
InterContinental Osaka Osaka 50,000 60,000 10,000
Crowne Plaza – ANA Osaka Osaka-shi 25,000 30,000 5,000
InterContinental – ANA Manza Beach Resort Okinawa 60,000 70,000 10,000
InterContinental – ANA Ishigaki Resort Ishigaki-shi 50,000 60,000 10,000
Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central Macao S.A.R. 35,000 40,000 5,000
Crowne Plaza Queenstown Queenstown 40,000 50,000 10,000
Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific Terrigal 40,000 50,000 10,000
Holiday Inn Potts Point-Sydney Sydney 30,000 40,000 10,000
Crowne Plaza Auckland Auckland 30,000 40,000 10,000
Holiday Inn Auckland Airport Auckland 20,000 25,000 5,000
Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre Singapore 40,000 45,000 5,000
Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road Singapore 30,000 35,000 5,000
InterContinental Bangkok Bangkok 35,000 40,000 5,000
Holiday Inn ChiangMai Chiangmai 10,000 20,000 10,000
Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sathorn Bangkok 15,000 20,000 5,000
Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam Bangkok 15,000 20,000 5,000
InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun Beijing 50,000 60,000 10,000
InterContinental Paris – Le Grand Paris 60,000 70,000 10,000
InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel Bordeaux 45,000 55,000 10,000
Hotel Indigo Paris – Opera Paris 45,000 55,000 10,000
Holiday Inn Nice – Saint Laurent du Var Nice 35,000 40,000 5,000
Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa Bora Bora 60,000 70,000 10,000
InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora Bora Bora 60,000 70,000 10,000
Holiday Inn Frankfurt – Alte Oper Frankfurt Am Main 30,000 40,000 10,000
Crowne Plaza Milan City Milan 30,000 40,000 10,000
InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam Amsterdam 50,000 60,000 10,000
InterContinental London Park Lane London 60,000 70,000 10,000
InterContinental New York Times Square New York 60,000 70,000 10,000
Candlewood Suites New York City- Times Square New York 40,000 50,000 10,000
Intercontinental San Francisco San Francisco 60,000 70,000 10,000
Holiday Inn Express Mountain View – S Palo Alto Mountain View 40,000 50,000 10,000
InterContinental The Willard Washington D.C. Washington D.C. 60,000 70,000 10,000

Thankfully back home, the Intercontinental Singapore, Hotel Indigo Katong, Holiday Inn Atrium and the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport (for the AV Geeks who want to have a staycation there) has been spared from this devaluation.

Properties in Malaysia have been spared the devaluations as well. (although you’ll find little reason to redeem points for hotels in Malaysia)

Most notably, all the prominent Intercontinental (IC) hotels like the IC London Park Lane, IC New York Times Square, IC Bora Bora and the IC Hong Kong have been promoted to 70,000 Rewards Points a night(!!). Making it now even more expensive to have stays on points purchased during IHGs points sales.

For comparisons sake, if you had purchased IHG points at their 100% bonus sales, your net cost per point would be roughly S$0.008. At the 2017 rates for IC Hong Kong, a stay on points over a weekend would only cost you S$480 at 60,000 points used. While at the 2018 rates, it would now cost you S$560. A whopping S$80 more.

If you were to book a night on their Flexible Rate however, your cost would only be at S$495, meaning it would be cheaper to book the room outright with cash after the devaluation.


Intercontinental Hong Kong Photo Credits : IHG

Hotels which have gone down in points

While the list of devaluated hotels are aplenty, there are some hotels which have went down in points. Below are a few that I selected :

Hotel City 2017 Point Requirement 2018 Point Requirement Points Change
Staybridge Suites Baku Baku 25,000 20,000 -5,000
InterContinental Wuhan Wuhan 35,000 30,000 -5,000
InterContinental Nantong Nantong 35,000 30,000 -5,000
Holiday Inn Express Stuttgart Airport Leinfelden-Echterdingen 25,000 20,000 -5,000
Crowne Plaza Bandung Bandung 25,000 20,000 -5,000
Holiday Inn Express Baruna Bali Bali 20,000 15,000 -5,000
Holiday Inn Cikarang Jababeka Cikarang 20,000 15,000 -5,000
Holiday Inn Bandung Pasteur Bandung 20,000 15,000 -5,000
Crowne Plaza Milan – Linate San Donato Milanese 30,000 25,000 -5,000
Crowne Plaza Vientiane Vientiane 30,000 25,000 -5,000
Crowne Plaza Tainan Tainan 30,000 25,000 -5,000
Crowne Plaza Istanbul – Harbiye Istanbul 25,000 20,000 -5,000
Holiday Inn Istanbul – Sisli Istanbul 25,000 20,000 -5,000
Holiday Inn Antalya – Lara Antalya 20,000 15,000 -5,000
Holiday Inn Kayseri – Duvenonu Kayseri 20,000 15,000 -5,000
Holiday Inn Istanbul – Kadikoy Istanbul 20,000 15,000 -5,000
Crowne Plaza Basingstoke Basingstoke 30,000 25,000 -5,000
Crowne Plaza Felbridge West Sussex 30,000 25,000 -5,000
Crowne Plaza Belfast Belfast 30,000 25,000 -5,000
Holiday Inn Express Southampton M27, Jct.7 Southampton 30,000 25,000 -5,000
Crowne Plaza Aberdeen Airport Aberdeen 30,000 25,000 -5,000
Holiday Inn Express Chester – Racecourse Chester 30,000 25,000 -5,000
Holiday Inn Express London – Golders Green (A406) London 30,000 25,000 -5,000
Holiday Inn Northampton Northampton 25,000 20,000 -5,000
Holiday Inn Preston Preston 20,000 15,000 -5,000
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orlando At Seaworld Orlando 20,000 15,000 -5,000

Many of the hotels that had their points lowered for redemption are not in tourist hotspots. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orlando at Seaworld however, is an exception. A quick Google Map search shows its located very near to Seaworld. Seeing that the area is dominated by Marriott and Hilton, my guess is that they lowered the points required to encourage more people to stay with them.

The Indonesian hotels that have gone down a notch are also nowhere near the touristy area. The Holiday Inn Express Baruna Bali is a good 2.7km walk from Bali’s famed Kuta Beach.

Staybridges Suites Baku is another interesting property which has gone down in points as it’s located right smack in the city centre and in close proximity to the Formula 1 Street Circuit which hosts the annual Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. (F1 fanboy alert)

Yet another devaluation

With devaluations like this happening annually, it has become even more important that we adopt the “earn and burn” mentality towards the points we have. For us here who frequently purchase IHG points during their sales, it has also now become more expensive to book nights via this route, so check the paid rates before utilizing points for a redemption at IHG. You could come out ahead with using cash now instead of points.

[HT: Point Me To The Plane]

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